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Using 5 frames to build fluency

Using 5 frames to build fluency
By the end of Kindergarten, students are required to fluently add and subtract within 5. Throughout the year, students have built conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction through joining and separating situations. They've also have ample experience working with Five…
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Keeping Math Fun During and After Testing

Keeping Math Fun During and After Testing
Checkout this quick and easy read "Tips to Keep Math Fun During Testing" from the tenmarks.com blog.
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Teach for Understanding

Teach for Understanding
Check out this quick video on teaching concepts through concrete and pictorial models to increase understanding.
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Should I take the road less traveled?

Should I take the road less traveled?
We've all heard the saying, "The shortest distance between two points is a straight line." Last week, as I was walking around a school, I thought to myself, is that saying true? Are there certain routes within a school building…
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Where is the Math?

Where is the Math?
What math do you see in this picture? According to the Standards for Mathematical Practices, "Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations." How might students make sense of the quantities in this picture? What…
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Resetting expectations while reinforcing Math after Winter Break

Resetting expectations while reinforcing Math after Winter Break
Ahhh you had two weeks off for Winter Break and you are returning refreshed and ready to kick off the 2017 school year! Pretty soon 18 little minds will reenter your classroom! 17 days off of school means that it…
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Still struggling with counting?

Still struggling with counting?
Are your students still struggling with One to one correspondence? Check out this quick Origo One video! https://youtu.be/dvyLUpE6o7A
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Lots and lots of lights!

Lots and lots of lights!
As I was driving home the other night I noticed this beautiful display of lights and it got me thinking about...Math! Math is all around us….especially this time of year, so why not have a little fun with math in…
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Making connections across domains

Making connections across domains
How can the concepts found in the Measurement and Data domain be used as an application of other domains? One of the critical areas in Kindergarten is representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects. In the Classifying…
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Dividing Using the Area Model in Context of Problem Solving

Dividing Using the Area Model in Context of Problem Solving
143 students will be attending the school music concert. Each row will seat 13 students. How many rows will be needed for all of the students to have a seat? Long division. Ugh. When was the last time you used…
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Not Just Evens and Odds

Not Just Evens and Odds
If you add two odd numbers will your answer be an even or odd number? What about two even numbers? Will those results always be true? The idea of evens and odds may seem simple but it is a powerful…
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The Dreaded Math Word Problem: Get Organized to Solve the Problem!

The Dreaded Math Word Problem: Get Organized to Solve the Problem!
Students of all ages have difficulty applying comprehension skills when reading and interpreting math word problems. Those of us who attended school before the year 2000 know that most of our instruction was computation with two word problems to solve…
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Understanding the 3rd Grade Math Florida Standards

Understanding the 3rd Grade Math Florida Standards
Do you have questions about what your child is learning in mathematics? To learn more about the 3rd grade Math Standards, check out the video below. https://youtu.be/gIg2f1fX8Gs
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3rd Grade Math Homework 101

3rd Grade Math Homework 101
What are the benefits of homework? • Students – homework deepens their understanding and solidifies concepts learned in class. • Parents – homework communicates what students are learning. It’s also an opportunity for parents to help their child. • Teachers…
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Build math and science vocabulary and have fun!

Build math and science vocabulary and have fun!
Building vocabulary knowledge and usage in mathematics and science should not amount to copying definitions in notebooks. Decades of copying definitions has resulted in many students being able to repeat a definition but not show its application in context. A…
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Differentiating in Math

Differentiating in Math
What is differentiation in math? Differentiation in math is responsive teaching that stems from teachers’ understanding of how teaching and learning occurs. Differentiation is responding to varied learners’ needs for more structure or more independence, more practice or greater challenge,…
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Math Journaling Top 10

Math Journaling Top 10
Math journaling can be an essential strategy for students applying their understanding of concepts with written proof and informal assessment for teacher’s to guide the learning. Here are the Top 10 things to consider when preparing to establish the use…
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